Kapil says Azhar~~s contribution can~~t be ignored

Published: Sunday, February 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dehradun:Cricket legend Kapil Dev on Saturday came out in defence of Mohd Azhauddin saying that the former skipper's contributions to the game cannot be ignored.

"Azharuddin has made more than 10000 runs. He has played for the country for 15 years. We cannot ignore these achievements," Kapil told reporters a day before Kapil Dev XI and Indian Military Academy XI plays the "Airtel Cup for Tsunami Relief" in Dehradun on Sunday.

The match to raise funds for Tsunami victims would comprise players of yesterdays like Mohd Azharuddin, Chetan Sharma and Narendra Hirwani, Kapil said.

Stating that the charges against Azharuddin have not been proved, Kapil said the day any evidence came to fore, he himself would be the first person to "hit" the former skipper.

Commenting on the forthcoming Indo-Pak cricket series, he said he was expecting Indian team to win. "Above all the spirit of the game matters."

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